Help stray cats and dogs in Turkey

Hi everyone, thank you so much for visiting our page! Let's tell you what we are trying to achieve. First, some background:

Peren Aykas and I live in the United States and are proud parents to 2 cats and 1 dog, respectively. We are both originally from Turkey and are trying to help stray cats and dogs in Turkey by sending pet food. Unfortunately, strays have been a problem in the country for a long time. Government funded shelters do exist but many of them are death camps where animals do not receive the care they need. Their primary purpose is to spay/neuter, treat sick and injured animals and take them back to where they were found. They also have limited space. Photos from most of these shelters are shared by visitors and they are very hard to look at. There is so much neglect. You can see dead and injured animals in the same space. Some animals are rescued from these shelters by privately run volunteer groups that have built their own shelters. All of these groups depend on donations from people like you and me.Most volunteers that have dedicated their lives to help stray animals do not want them to live in government shelters but instead think that if a few people in every neighborhood took care of these animals then there would not be a problem. So animals that live in places where compassionate people exist are some what taken care of. At the very least they are able to find food and water. But, what about animals that have been left at city garbage dump sites and empty lands miles outside any city? They require additional effort by volunteers. They have to regularly drive to these places to take care of animals. One of the saddest story that happens year after year is dumping of family dogs after summer is over. People buy dogs for their vacation homes and when the summer is over they just abandon the poor animals. They do not want them in their homes and only take care of them if they have a yard (which they do in their summer houses but not in their actual homes). None of these animals are capable of living on their own in the streets. Furthermore, there are so many people that treat these animals as a nuisance and a toy. And we repeatedly read horrific stories about cats and dogs being kicked, shot, stabbed, burned, tied and dragged behind cars and yes, even raped. These are in addition to getting run over by cars that has become a regular everyday event. We try not to share graphic images on any of our sites but we are human and sometimes words cannot describe the pain and suffering these animals go through.
So, how do we help these animals from so far away? We help volunteers that take care of them. These people invest their time and money to help with food, medical needs, finding permanent/foster homes and give them the love all of them deserve. Peren Aykas and I, just a couple of months ago, were individually sending pet food to volunteers in Turkey when we had the idea to ask our family and friends if they wanted to help. We received more positive feedback than we’d initially thought, which led us to create this page.Why do we send pet food instead of sending money? Because many groups do not accept money for pet food. We use a Turkish website for our pet food orders and because they know the food is going to stray animals they usually add more food to our orders (with no additional cost to us). And our credit cards are not charged any extra fees.

There is an ongoing struggle to feed stray animals. We cannot just send food to volunteer groups once and then forget about them. So we try to continually send food whenever we have donations. These days it is either every month or every two months

Any amount of contribution will help, $1 can buy almost 2.2 lbs (1kg) of pet food.  (However, the minimum amount of donation allowed by Gofundme is $5 so please send me a message if you'd like to donate less than $5. We appreciate all contributions!)

All of the volunteer groups we help use Instagram as their primary contact so we are more active on Instagram and tag the groups we’ve sent food to. You can take a look at their pages/follow them and see all their hard work. 

Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/happypawsturkey/

Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/happypawsturkey/
 
Please help spread the word! Thank you!

Pelin

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Note: Photos on this page were shared with us by two volunteer groups. Their instagram accounts are: 
https://www.instagram.com/yasaminkiyisindakiler/
https://www.instagram.com/patilidostlar_/

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Organizer

Pelin Damcı Kurt 
Organizer
San Francisco, CA
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